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Cool Conclusion

Only a slight chill the last week kept February from setting a record as the warmest on record

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Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald New snow dusted the tops of the Elkhorn Mountains Saturday morning, the final day of February. That was a rare scene during the month, which ranks as the fourth-warmest on record at the Baker City Airport.

By Jayson Jacoby

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February in its final week finally started acting like, well, February.

Until then it felt rather more like April.

The late spell of seasonably chilly weather kept the month from setting a record as the mildest February since at least 1943 in Baker City.


Baker City sewing store lost more than $10,000 in merchandise in burglary

A burglar entered the business Treasure Every Stitch in the Basche-Sage Place mall at Broadway and Main streets late last month, removing merchandise valued at more than $10,000.


Witty signs deal

Mark Witty, the Baker School District’s new superintendent, has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $124,500 per year.


Feline Frustration

Searches, including by two hounds, fail to turn up cougar spotted Wednesday in south Baker City

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Joe Curtis, right, and Wyn Lohner, Baker City Police chief, search for cougar sign along Myrtle Street Thursday. Curtis says his dogs are used mainly for bobcat hunting. Barreta is the dark Plott breed and June is a Walker tree hound.

By Chris Collins

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and Jayson Jacoby

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A two-day search that involved police officers, state fish and wildlife workers and a pair of trained tracking hounds turned up no sign of a cougar that two people reported seeing Wednesday afternoon in south Baker City.


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